Is a laparoscopic appendectomy effective and when is it contraindicated in the treatment of appendicitis?

Updated: Jul 23, 2018
  • Author: Sandy Craig, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Initially performed in 1987, laparoscopic appendectomy has been performed in thousands of patients and is successful in 90-94% of attempts. It has also been demonstrated that laparoscopic appendectomy is successful in approximately 90% of cases of perforated appendicitis. However, this procedure is contraindicated in patients with significant intra-abdominal adhesions.


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